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Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American: Billy Vessels or Keith Jackson


It’s going to be extremely difficult to beat out a Heisman Trophy winner but if there was ever a person qualified to it would be Keith Jackson. Jackson is arguably the greatest tight end to play college football. He averaged 23.7 yards per catch during the run dominant wishbone offense era at Oklahoma.


During his four years at Oklahoma the Sooners compiled a 42-5-1 record and won the national championship in 1985. Jackson led Oklahoma to victory over Penn State in the 1986 Orange Bowl (National Championship) by hauling in two touchdown passes.


Meanwhile Vessels has a statue of himself in Heisman Park adjacent to Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. He too led the Sooners to a national championship by scoring 15 touchdowns in 1950. In 1952 he rushed for 1072 yards including seven 100 yard performances, and 17 touchdowns to become Oklahoma’s first Heisman Trophy Winner.





Who was the better All-American?

This poll is closed

  • 54%
    Billy Vessels
    (19 votes)
  • 45%
    Keith Jackson
    (16 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now